Will Donald Trump be the next president of the United States? And how do we effectively deal with an enemy like ISIS?
These are two of the great questions of our time. But here’s another one for you: What sounds better, the Mercedes AMG GT S or the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe?
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Are These Two Really Rivals?
True, these two super sports cars aren’t exactly rivals. They are, however, both monstrously powerful coupes with six-figure price tags. Except they’re not, because the Jag actually costs under 100k … barely.
A closer look at the numbers and it’s obvious you could buy the Jag and a Mercedes CLA for the price of the AMG GT. With a 5.0-liter supercharged V8 with 550 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque, the Jag has a bigger engine and makes more power, but the Benz with its twin-turbo V8 with 503 hp and 479 lb-ft is quicker to 60 mph. And if we take this race to the autobahn for some top speed action, it’s little surprise that the German is going to win. The Benz will get a top speed of 193 mph while the Jag tops out at 186 mph.
Sports Car vs Exotic
Based on looks alone, it’s hard not to side with the Jag. It’s just more sleek and shaped like a true sports car. Yes, the Benz is more exotic, but it looks a touch too phallic from some angles. And along with the overall shape, the F-Type’s carbon fiber roof and big yellow brake calipers really pop.
What the Benz lacks in initial impact, however, it makes up for in the details. You can see it the higher quality paint, but the whole package just looks like the more expensive machine.
And it should look more expensive because it is more expensive. You see, another reason why you could argue these two remarkably similar machines aren’t rivals is that this is the most extreme AMG GT you can get. It’s also the only one you can get. Mercedes will offer a less powerful and less expensive version in the future, but for now, this stands alone as something truly unique.
Meanwhile, you’re likely to see a lot of other F-Types on the road that are nothing close to the R Coupe. Yes, it’s the best F-Type money can buy, but there are a lot of more attainable ones on the road and that makes this machine a little less special.
Interior Comparison: Not Even a Fair Fight
Switching to the interior, you can see that it’s not just the body of the Benz that looks more expensive. The $30,000 price gap between the two cars becomes very obvious when you take a seat inside.
In a vacuum, the Jag is great, but compare it to the Benz, and the switchgear looks cheap, the leather doesn’t feel as smooth and it all just seems more ordinary.
Sure, the Jag’s Alcantara is nice, but the Mercedes looks like nothing you’ve ever sat in before. The embossed red leather, the polished aluminum and carbon fiber all come together in a truly original design.
One real surprise when comparing these two cabins is somewhat ironic. Mercedes is known for its door-mounted seat controls that mimic the design of a seat. But they’re nowhere to be found in the GT. Meanwhile, the Jag makes use of that trademark Benz design. So where are the AMG GT’s seat controls? Simply placed (where, let’s be honest, they really should be) on the left side of the seat. If nothing else, this at least proves that even Mercedes wants its flagship sports car stand out from the rest of the brand’s products.
Is Original Overrated?
On the road, the Benz simply feels more like an exotic, like driving a Lambo or Ferrari. You sit a lot lower, and while that seems like a big plus, the down side is thats it’s hard to get into, see out of, and get a good feel for your surroundings.
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The steering wheel also doesn’t seem to telescope out far enough, or tilt up high enough and with my seatback upright, the top of the steering wheel hides the readout to tell me what gear I’m in. Overall, it just makes for a more nervous experience.
The uniqueness of the cabin also makes it somewhat alien. It even took me a few seconds to figure out exactly which button turns the car on.
The Jag, on the other hand, feels more, dare I say, ordinary. But that’s not entirely a bad thing. It’s easer to get into and see out of. It also feels more familiar; more like a normal car. Simply put, it’s more livable and, as a result, you immediately feel more confident driving it.
Then there’s the performance. Honestly, they’re both spectacularly fast and I have no idea which one would come out the winner on a track. But if that’s all you’re interested in, then just buy a Porsche 911. But I guarantee it won’t sound as good.
How Do They Drive?
Out on the road, the F-Type feels more agile. It is, however, a touch too tail-happy, even for an AWD car. Despite the Benz being rear-wheel drive, it feels more planted and under control. It also feels more responsive.
That has less do to with the 7-speed dual clutch transmission in the Benz used versus the 8-speed auto in the Jag and more to do with the engine tuning. Peak torque comes online 750 rpm earlier in the Benz and, while it doesn’t seem like that much, it actually makes a big difference.
No matter if you choose the Benz’s twin-turbo V8 or Jaguar’s supercharged one, both cars deliver acceleration that can only be described as ludicrous.
And then there’s the sound. The Benz sounds deep and mean, but also luxurious. The exhaust note mirrors the engine and when you’ve got the car in Sport+ mode or with just the exhaust opened up, it makes a lot more noise at idle and when just creeping along.
Then there’s the Jag. Good lord, is it loud. When in dynamic mode or with the exhaust baffles opened, it’s not immediately obvious, but get it up over 2,500 rpm, and the tailpipes blast out a riot of sounds that’s just outrageous.
|Vehicle||Mercedes-AMG GT S||Advantage||Jaguar F-Type R Coupe|
|Engine||Twin-Turbo 4.0L V8||-||Supercharged 5.0L V8|
|Horsepower||503 hp||F-Type||550 hp|
|Torque||479 lb-ft||F-Type||502 lb-ft|
|Transmission||7-speed DCT||-||8-speed auto|
|Top speed||193 mph||AMG GT S||186 mph|
|0-60 mph||3.7s||AMG GT S||4.0s|
|Curb Weight||3,695 lbs||F-Type||3,671 lbs|
|Fuel Economy (US)||16/22/18 mpg||F-Type||16/23/18 mpg|
Simply put, there’s nothing refined about it. The F-Type doesn’t give a s— about garden parties or designer dogs. It’s a hooligan. It’s rude. The pops and bangs out of this machine will make Harley-Davidson owners jealous.
The Verdict: 2016 Jaguar F-Type R Coupe vs Mercedes-AMG GT S
It’s not as refined or as exclusive, but the F-Type R Coupe is just a lot easier to live with and, frankly, its lively nature makes it more fun. A better interior would be nice, but then so is having an extra $30k in your pocket.
But which car sounds better? The AMG GT or the F-Type R-Coupe? Some questions just don’t have answers.
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